Junior Day Increases Heels' Chances with Johnson

In recent years, North Carolina hasn't been able to land the top in-state recruit. The Tar Heels' coaching staff hopes that trend ends with the class of 2006, however, and took a step in the right direction in accomplishing that goal this past Sunday during their second Junior Day.

"This visit helped them out a lot," said Carl Johnson of Durham (N.C.) Southern. "I learned about things that I didn't know about. The football tradition and what you do as a student off the field. They think about you as a student-athlete and try to get you to graduate – they make sure your academics are on task. That helps them a whole lot."

Of course the highlight of the day was the basketball game between UNC and Duke, but Johnson also enjoyed mingling with his fellow recruits and talking to members of the coaching staff.

"It was fun," said Johnson. "We got to go to the North Carolina-Duke game and that was a nail-biter as it always is when those two teams meet. I had fun associating with other recruits, talking to coaches, and just seeing where I would stand as player and student-athlete."

This weekend Johnson will head down to Clemson for that Junior Day and then plans to "chill out" until the summer rolls around.

The 6-foot-6, 335-pound offensive tackle, whose offer sheet allows him to go just about anywhere in the nation, remains completely wide open. Johnson admitted that there are positives and negatives of staying in-state and hasn't established whether the positives outweigh the negatives, or vice versa.

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